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               Vale of Avoca


Watercolour by JMW Turner

Provenance: Rev. William Kingsley, Thos. Agnew and Sons (label)

Vale of Avoca detail: a fingerprint is easily seen here behind the foliage of the tree; this is uniquely a JMW Turner technique done in order to give atmospheric volume and movement to his trees.

Thomas Moore wrote a poem about the vale called The Meeting of the Waters, to quote:
"There is not in this wide world a vale so sweet, As that in whose bosom the bright waters meet".

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